Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has insisted he is confident Julian Draxler will stay with Schalke despite Arsenal being linked with a summer move for the Germany international. The 20-year old has been linked with a number of European clubs since impressing in the Schalke side, with Arsenal and Bayern Munich both well backed by Betfair fans of holding an interest in the midfielder.
It was only the other day that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated that he believed that the Youth system at Arsenal is one of the club’s greatest values at this present time. Wenger has always been one for development and after the latest report, it seems that a player who has had to experience what it feels like to get the support of Wenger himself, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has jumped on the bandwagon of explaining just what is needed for a young player to develop.
This week a report emerged that Arsenal and Poland international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had made a personal plea submitting his desire for manager Arsene Wenger to stay at the club for next season. Now club captain and fan favourite Thomas Vermaelen has jumped on the bandwagon to show his support to Le Prof in his time of need.
There are always just a few players Arsenal seem to be linked with every single season. In previous years it was Ibrahim Affelay, in others Yann M’Vila but I think that one player that has stuck around more than most is Salomon Kalou. And it is that time again Gooners.
Arsenal’s title bid dies as newspapers look to another ‘summer spending spree’
Every year around this time talk concerning Arsenal in the newspapers and online changes from ‘will they win the title?’ to ‘who will they buy this summer?’
Almost exclusively since the failed title bid of 2007/08, Arsenal has become embroiled in late-spring transfer rumours as one season dies and hope of better in the next begins.
Today, it was revealed in the Telegraph that Arsene Wenger will be given the ‘largest transfer budget in the clubs history’ this summer – well, that’s this season finished with then.
Arsenal fans have witnessed their team fall from the promising heights of the top of the Premier League to borderline Champions League qualification, and whilst many, like Man United and England man Paul Scholes are quick to blame the club, manager and individuals, former Liverpool and internationally recognised manager Gerard Houllier thinks otherwise.
Houllier has instead taken the approach that Arsenal’s biggest problem has once again come down to injuries and that our title bid has suffered dramatically as a result. Ever since the start of the season, as you know, Arsenal have suffered major injuries at crucial times, with those of Ozil, Walcott, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ramsey and even Podolski being out in times of need.
An update on a supposed Arsenal target has been made today with the chairman of German club SC Freiburg making a statement regarding one of their players. Matthias Ginter has been linked with the Gunners a lot in the past, as well as clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea, however in the last couple of days, media in England including the Mirror has linked Arsenal to Ginter once again. There seemed to be nothing in the rumour however with the chairman of his club now making a reacting statement to the rumours, it adds some feasability to what could possibly be a very viable deal this summer.
There have been a fair few suggestions over the past couple of days that French international striker Olivier Giroud has been transfer listed by Arsenal Football Club in the last week. A string of bad performances over the course of this season has meant the club has apparently lost faith in him. There were also rumours that the move was because of his indiscretions in a hotel and his wife wanting to return to France.
This game coming so soon could be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal. We need an immediate response to that shambolic display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Swansea aren’t much of threat this season, especially away from home.
Arsenal need to approach this game with caution but not so much caution that we see a static display like against Man Utd again. We need good intelligent movement up front and quick incisive passing in midfield. We need to keep a decent shape so we can actually recover when we lose the ball. Finally, we will need to see better positional play from our wide players and our central midfielders.
There is not much you can say after the agonising 6-0 defeat to Chelsea, especially as it was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as manager.
The Frenchman didn’t come out for the post-match press conference, but he finally spoke to the BBC before leaving Stamford Bridge. Here is his statement, and he is obviously not very happy.
“This defeat is my fault, I take full responsibility for it.” Wenger said. “I don’t think there’s too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today.